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Soft Pretzels-Made At Home!

My 6-year old son is obsessed with soft pretzels and makes me buy the frozen kind all the time.  Recently I decided to join him in eating one and it tasted awful-cooked and soft on one side, hard and frozen on the other.  I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and learn how to make these at home.  Turns out, it is much easier than I ever imagined!

I am someone who loves to bake bread, so I am not at all intimidated by the idea of working with yeast.  The recipe in total uses 5 ingredients-yeast, sugar, water, flour and salt.  How can you go wrong?  I am already imagining the possibilities of how I might add to that base by sticking in spices, ground herbs, zests or other ingredients to add to the flavor.  Anyway, here’s what I did:

Mixed 3 1/2 cups flour in a bowl with a tablespoon of sea salt:

In a separate bowl, mix one packet of dried, active yeast with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water (not too hot!).  Mix and let sit until it starts to bubble and fizz.  If nothing happens after 5-10 minutes, your yeast is not good and you need to try again with another packet.

Once fizzing, mix the yeast mixture with the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until incorporated all the way.  Turn out onto a floured counter and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, around 8 minutes.  Put into a clean bowl that has been oiled with EVOO and turn the dough over to be coated by the oil.  Place a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap over the dough and tuck into a warm corner for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Tip I learned from Joan Nathan: Preheat the oven to 250 F then turn off and stick your dough in the warmed oven with the door open to rise.  If you do this, don’t use the plastic wrap cover as it may melt!

Once risen, punch down and then turn out onto floured countertop and cut into 8 pieces.  Roll the pieces out like a snake and shape into pretzels.  Place the pretzels on an oiled baking sheet to rise once again.  Leave aside for 20 minutes.

About 5 minutes before the 20 minutes is up, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon of baking soda.  Add the pretzels, 2 or three at a time, but don’t over crowd the pot.  Turn them once after a minute or so and then remove them from the water with tongs and place on a draining rack.

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Rub pretzels with a little EVOO and sprinkle salt or salt and pepper on them and then bake for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool-they will be hot!  Serve with honey mustard, Nutella, cream cheese or any other kind of dip you can think of-or they are delicious just on their own!

Okay I’ll admit, I got the idea of these from Joy The Baker, who got the idea from Gourmet Magazine.  Their original recipe is here on her site.  I’ve altered it slightly.


10 Responses to “Soft Pretzels-Made At Home!”

  1. Nicki says:

    Well awesome, might have to try these!

  2. Susan Maggiore says:

    Looks delish! Great idea. This is a must try recipe.

  3. Betty Sapien says:

    I am interest in purchasing a set of your pots and pans. I have a disease in my arms that effects my muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves; because of all the damage I have it makes it very hard to find the right weight of pots and pans for me. I would like to know if you could tell me the weight of your pots and pans? I always have a great time watching your show….there are times you crack me up LOL! Keep making great show’s! I am married to an Italian,let me tell you, he cracks me up all the time.
    Thank you
    Betty

  4. Betty Sapien says:

    I am interested in purchasing a set of your pots and pans. I have a disease in my arms that effects my muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Because of all the damage I have, it makes it very hard to find the right weight of pots and pans for me. I am able to pick up 4 to 7 pounds, that with food in the pans. I would like to know if you could tell me the weight of your pots and pans with out food ? I always have a great time watching your show….there are times you crack me up…LOL! I am married to an Italian,let me tell you, he cracks me up all the time.
    Thank you
    Betty

  5. Doceana says:

    seems easy.only 5 ingredients needed.i will definetly try it.my kids will luv it

  6. I love petzels, what a great recipe..I have to try it!

  7. Gianna says:

    This looks great! thanks for sharing:)

  8. Louisa says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I grew up in Philly eating handmade soft pretzels made by the Amish at the Reading Terminal Mkt, so I have a real soft spot for these (no pun intended). I will definitely give these a try!

  9. Evette says:

    OMG, I am going to try these this weekend!

  10. Tiff says:

    I’m hosting an Oktoberfest dinner party next month, and I think these would be a perfect appetizer. Thanks!

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